Comment 18 Aug 17

VMRO DPMNE is Jeopardising Macedonia’s EU Prospects

Having lost power, Macedonia’s former ruling party is clearly bent on obstructing the work of the new parliament and hampering progress towards EU integration.

Erwan Fouéré
BIRN
 
 VMRO DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski [centre] and his party associates. photo: vmro-dpmne.org

When Macedonia’s Council of Public Prosecutors last June, by an overwhelming majority, approved the dismissal of the Public Prosecutor, Marko Zvrlevski, it was expected that parliament would formalise his removal from office shortly afterwards.

Based on his partisan performance under the VMRO-DPMNE government led by Nikola Gruevski, when he did everything to impede the work of the Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate the wiretapping scandal, it was clear that his continued presence would pose serious difficulties for the new government’s efforts to promote much needed judicial reforms.

[Macedonia’s Special Prosecution was formed in 2015 to investigate allegations of high-level crime which originate from or are related to the illegal wiretaps revealed by opposition parties.]

Yet it took over two months for Zvrlevski to be voted out of office.  The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party blocked every attempt to remove him and, since the new government took up office, has pursued a policy of delaying tactics to obstruct the normal functioning of parliament.

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